Joseph Chennoth

Syro Malabar Catholic Archbishop belonging to the Archdiocese of Ernakulam (1943-2020)
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Joseph Chennoth (13 October 1943 – 8 September 2020) was an Indian Syro Malabar Catholic prelate. He worked in the diplomatic service of the Holy See. He was an archbishop and an apostolic nuncio from 1999 until his death.

He was made a priest on 4 May 1969 by Bishop Paul Ch’eng Shih-kuang of Tainan, Taiwan.

Pope John Paul II named him titular archbishop of Milevum and Apostolic Nuncio to the Central African Republic and to Chad on 24 August 1999.

Pope Benedict XVI named him Apostolic Nuncio to Tanzania on 15 June 2005.[1]

Benedict appointed him Apostolic Nuncio to Japan on 15 August 2011.[2]

Chennoth died on 8 September 2020 in Tokyo, aged 76.[3]


  1. "Rinunce e Nomine, 15.06.2005" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 15 June 2005. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  2. "Rinunce e Nomine, 15.08.2011" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 15 August 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  3. Archbishop Joseph Chennoth passes away